Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 25 Spring 2021, now available.

I am pleased to announce that the Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 25, Spring 2021 is now available for download. Islamic Perspective Journal is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal, published by the London Academy of Iranian Studies, which includes all articles on all aspects of Islam and Muslims. If you are interested in submitting an essay for consideration in the journal, please email it to Seyed Javad Miri at:

Also see my discourse on the topic of my essay in this edition of IPJ:

Between Ethno-Nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition

“Critical Theory and the Human Condition: A Discourse among Scholars” ~ July 22, 2021

I’m happy to announce I will be joining an august group of scholars to discuss important issues that are both endemic to, and the latest development of, the human condition. Join us for the discourse!

My Presentation:

“The Bleakness of Critical Theory: Interrogating the Human Condition in Modernity.” – July 22, 2021

The Entire Discourse:

“Critical Theory and the Human Condition: A Discourse among Scholars” – July 22, 2021

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance

On June 17th, 2021, I participated in another global roundtable via Zoom, this time on the Iranian sociologist, Ali Shariati. This event is sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press, a new publishing house dedicated to critical thought in a complacent and apathetical world. My presentation is in Session 2. The videos of the event can be found below:

Session 1

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance – Session 1 – June 17, 2021

Session 2

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance – Session 2 – June 17, 2021

My Presentation:

My presentation: “Ali Shariati as Revolutionary Islamic Metapolitics.” June 17th, 2021

Is Religion Repressive or Emancipatory: A Global Roundtable Discussion

I am honored to be a presenter and discussant with this esteemed group of critical social theorists, discussing the dialectical nature of religion. My discourse will be on the dialectics of religious fanaticism, wherein I will tackle the one-dimensional understanding of fanaticism from both a psychological and ideological perspective. The video of this discourse will be available soon.

New YouTube Channel

Over the course of the last years, I have built and maintained the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive, wherein you can find over one hundred videos on the topic of Critical Theory of Religion and Society. Now, am pleased to announce the establishment of a New YouTube Channel dedicated to my own recent lectures, speeches, and discourses. These lectures will cover a variety of issues, including Critical Theory, political philosophy, religion in the modern world, etc. I hope you will enjoy watching my ramblings! The first among many video to come can be found below:

“Between Ethno-nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition”

To see more videos, see the link below:

YouTube Channel of Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D.

I was honored to join an august group of international scholars from the United States, Russia, Germany, Iran, and Singapore to discuss the lasting influence and heritage of Critical Theory. I presented my paper, “Between Ethno-nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition,” which I intend to extend into a publishable article in the next month. After the great discussions we had during this event, there is much more to think though, explore, and analyze. Thank you to Seyed Javad Miri and Dmitry Ivanov for facilitating this great event.

New Article on Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism

I am pleased to announce that an essay I co-authored with Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert and Dr. Michael R. Ott has now been published in Jeremiah Morelock’s edited book, How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School. This book has been published by Brill and contains eighteen chapters from a variety of important scholars in the field of Critical Theory, sociology, and political philosophy. Our essay is entitled “Mythology, Enlightenment, and Dialectics: Determinate Negation.” This book will later be published in paperback by Haymarket Books (Chicago).

Link to Brill’s Website: How to Critique Authoritarian Populism

Out in Paperback by Haymarket Books (February, 2022)

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